The Roosevelt Institute Welcomes New Fellow Susan Crawford

Crawford will lead a project to fight inequality of resources by bringing high-speed Internet access to all Americans.

scrawbio1.pngSusan Crawford has joined the Roosevelt Institute as a Fellow in our progressive think tank, the Four Freedoms Center. Crawford, a law and public policy professor and writer, is focused on expanding high-speed fiber Internet access to every American. 

“Today’s Internet consumer market is defined by deregulation, consolidation, and disparate access to high-speed Internet, particularly for low-income and rural communities,” said Crawford. “Just as FDR fought tirelessly to bring electricity to the entire country at a fair price for a reasonable profit, we must fight to ensure equal access to the Internet, an essential resource for participation in the modern economy and civil society. I’m excited to bring my work on this topic to the Roosevelt Institute.”

Crawford is currently the Visiting Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard’s Kennedy School, visiting professor at Harvard Law School, and a regular contributor to Bloomberg View and Wired. She previously served as Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy during 2009 and co-led the FCC transition team between the Bush and Obama administrations. She is a member of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Advisory Council on Technology and Innovation.

Crawford's first contribution to the Roosevelt Institute was a post on their Next New Deal blog, "Making Telecom Central Again: Our Economic Future Depends on High-Speed internet For All." Her forthcoming book, Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, will be published by Yale University Press this winter and widely available in January 2013.

"Susan's objective is to reduce access inequality, dislodge monopolies, and disrupt the wave of deregulation that has produced more market consolidation than at any time since FDR's era," said Felicia Wong, President and CEO. "Her focus is a perfect fit with both the Roosevelt legacy and the Institute's goal to build a New Deal for the 21st century. It shows us how to both support competition and establish the critical infrastructure for our next-generation economy."

Susan Crawford is available for interviews. Contact Caitlin Howarth at 410.982.2777 or chowarth[at]rooseveltinstitute[dot]org.


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